Sagittarius New Moon

dscf0341Tuesday evening’s (8.20pm AWST) New Moon heralds another monthly renewal ~ this time in Sagittarius. As always, we have a choice as to where we aim our arrows of intention

Sagittarius seeks truth and meaning, and both can be found within each of us, and as well in the living cosmos that swirls around us. As we tread our unique paths, leaping or inching forward, or being hurled apparently backwards by powers beyond our control, the universe of which we are an integral part showers us with gifts of beauty and grace amid the chaos. Reminders of the magical and loving presence that exists within you ~ without you

“And to see you’re really only very small and

life goes~flows on

within you and without you”

George Harrison

Sources of inspiration and comfort abound in the natural world ~ sunsets landscapes minute details upon snail shells and in countless new Spring blossoms the quiet of underwater the roar of the waves as they crash on the beach ever-changing skyscapes busyness of bees and birds restfulness of midday kangaroos the companionship of animals the aloofness of animals unimaginable autumn colours hazy summer mirages on the horizons beyond our reach a surprise crescent Moon at dusk, or dawn

Divine attempts to encourage us as we encounter the devil’s own distraction discouragement despondency derailment in myriad forms on journeys in pursuit of our own truth

truth that is both universal and individual

We can find truth by looking at the natural world around us, the cycles and movements, the processes we each endure as living beings, and the inevitable endings that will come to us all at some unknowable time. So much wisdom can be gleaned from observation of the rhythms of life. And so much perspective can be found when we recall our innate time limit and remember to value our lives NOW

There is also truth to be found in stories ~ myths and legends ~ metaphors ~ traditional teachings of olde… we can find parallels between our own experiences and those of our ancient ancestors, and may also find the answers we seek.

And of course there is the quiet truth that dwells within each of us, and resonates with the truth of lore and nature. The tiny something inside that just knows

The Greek concept of parrhesia ~ the fearless sharing of truth with others, in spite of the potential fallout = lost friends, damaged relationships, criticism, derision, punishment, exile. The parrhesiastes makes their own opinion known, shunning rhetoric and politick, speaking freely as a matter of duty.

The truth can hurt, as we all know. And sometimes we really don’t want to know. If we are to tell truth, we must also be prepared to hear truth, and it may not always align with the image we have of ourselves. But if we hear and carefully reflect upon others’ perspectives we can learn things we never knew before, even things about ourselves! Our own perceptions are broadened deepened diversified and we grow expand develop evolve

As we release the personas opinions concepts ideologies doctrines to which we cling so nervously tenaciously, we find another Sagittarian gift

~ freedom

If we can release our attachment to being right, and to being viewed as right, and offer our truth lovingly kindly mindfully, irrespective of the ways in which it is received ~ being true to ourselves without being affected by the opinions of others ~ we are aligning with high road Sagittarius.

When we accept the temporary nature of this human form, and find the heartbreak and hilarity in the mountains molehills mundanities, knowing that in the end we all succumb to the same modest finale, returning to our source ~ we are all made of stars (I wince typing that Moby line but he was telling the truth)

During closing comments of the 1994 documentary Tibetan Book of the Dead narrator Leonard Cohen insightfully says, “seeking the truth and practicing compassion – that is the way that life becomes meaningful”. These words capture the essence of the Sagittarius New Moon square Neptune in Pisces. Life becomes profoundly meaningful and rewarding as we become conscious participants in it ~ co-creators. And as we recognise our own and others’ shared frailty, love pours forth, it grows and grows, we understand that to release blame pride righteousness is to find peace and an abundant supply of compassion forgiveness humility tenderness

And can’t we all do with more of these

Taurus Uber~Moon

Ferdinand the bull
Ferdinand the bull

Tonight’s (9.53 AWST Monday 14th November 2016) Taurus SuperMoon is the mother of all Full Moons! Not since 1948 has she come so near in her Fullness, and we won’t be so close again until 2034! A visual spectacle to be sure, but what of the energy…?

This Full Moon offers us the opportunity to glimpse the ways in which we enable our own forward motion, or not. How do the resources we cultivate allow our going forward as co-creators of our lives? Or not? How do we allocate our resources? Time, money, energy, effort… how do we prioritise our chosen pursuits? And what motivates us in these choices? Honestly.

So much of life is spent in mundane reality. There are bills to pay, mouths to feed, dishes to do… an unending loop of mortal coil. To aid in our functioning we forge efficient routines, habits, grooves, ruts. We can live within the safety of routine for a long time, habitually replaying our moments and our thoughts. Forever if we forget to wake up. Life can become a relentless working week, or similar.

Often, we must work to the rhythms of others (children, employer, partners, friends), perhaps neglecting our own. As we lose contact with our own needs we become increasingly disconnected from our innate fixed earthy feminine (not female) Taurean wisdom

Taurus rules our inner security ~ high road Taurus takes us from possessive materialism that attempts to buy our sense of contentment to the land of peaceful self-sufficiency via connection to our own physical bodies ~ being fully in our bodies and nourishing our physical needs with premium sustenance, hydration, movement, rest, repose

Through consciously engaging with what our bodies need in any given moment and honouring those needs in deed we supply our material form with the energy it requires to carry us through our mundane days, working towards our hopes and dreams, living with presence and an attentiveness to our inner lives where we find

life is rich with meaning that transforms our reality

Too, Taurus helps us to acquire the resources (skills) we need to patiently slowly steadily bring our dreams into manifestation. Greek God Hephaestus has been linked to Taurus; Melanie Reinhart writes,

“Like Chiron, Hephaestus was wounded… [he] represents a creative energy which does not turn in upon itself and destroy its own potential in response to the pain of having been rejected… Hephaestus enables others to express their own individuality and their selfhood, or their inner divinity, and this gift is part of his own individuality. He is dedicated to his craft despite being wounded. He refuses to be crushed by rejection and humiliation, but instead honours and expresses his own creativity… [he] represents the potential, through self-respect and perseverance, to turn one’s area of woundedness into a place from which fine creativity can issue.”

The illumination offered at this Full Moon asks us to consider our Scorpionic darkness yes, but as well, to find our inner warrior Pallas Athene ~ goddess of wisdom ~ who will empower embolden inspire us in our journeys onward toward individuation, toward finding our innate source of inner security, toward wholeness. There may be battles, within and without, as we remain true to our selves. This path of authenticity is not easy, but the only path that promises true fulfilment beyond the mere material ~ we find our serenity in the quiet knowledge of having lived in alignment with our own values. Peace be with youse 🙂

Reference: Reinhart, M. 1998. Chiron & the Healing Journey. Arkana.

Scorpio New Moon

During the wee hours of Monday morning (31st of October, 1.39am AWST) the Lunar cycle concludes, and momentarily commences in the sign of Scorpio… most of us will be sound asleep in this part of the world, but perhaps that’s the best place to be…

asleep and dreaming ~

receiving messages of divine import direct from our unconscious

Scorpio symbolises our unconscious and the shadow (things of which we are ashamed, because we believe they are bad, and so suppress) as well as darkness~occult~taboos~sexuality~death… all the things we’re discouraged from discussing in polite conversation, even discouraged from thinking about in our formative years! So, we stuff all our fears, worries, shadow behaviours deep within our unconscious psyche…    where they can’t hurt anyone…?

Lol. I suppose that’s the idea! If we don’t think or talk about the scary stuff, it can’t hurt us… right? Lol. Again.

The unconscious doesn’t evaporate for lack of attention. It remains within us, driving our meat-covered-skeletons through this world of form~time~space, offering reminders via our physical and mental health  (depression, anxiety, rage, resentment, guilt, shame…)

It also lives in the outside world, beyond us, manifest in myriad forms ~

projected upon others >                                                                      terrorists politicians celebrities cons crooks baddies in-laws our children

televised on the nightly 24 hour news as endless war struggle strife pain anguish suffering

Generally, we can assume that if we feel strongly about something, and we tend to judge others for it, somewhere within us we will find that same energy. It might be hidden in the darkest corners of our psyche… the skeleton in our closet… but it will be there, and it will be responsible for many of the events AKA lessons we require, to face our own shadows, and to evolve towards wholeness.

Beneath the enchanting streets of Paris dwells the crumbling bones of those passed over... the Catacombs
Beneath the enchanting streets of Paris dwell the crumbling bones of those souls passed over… the Catacombs

For example, perhaps we judge others for being lazy (unemployed idle couch potato zombie overweight et al). Inside us exists the very same urge, perhaps a secret desire for slothful hours with nought to do but eat chocolate, drink wine and watch The Bachelor! We will also find anxiety about being judged as lazy ourselves, and fear of loss of control ~ a compulsive need to maintain what we perceive to be control and power.

But the unconscious has the last lol

Not only are we deluded in our belief that strict adherence to non-lazy lifestyle choices makes us better people, we are also unwittingly attracting lessons and teachers that will challenge us in ways that can be painful and troubling (physical and mental health problems), frustrating (teachers masked as bothersome-types we prefer to dissociate from), and humbling or humiliating as we face the ever-expanding truth of who we are.

Our repressed unconscious can wreak havoc with our lives. So, it is in our best interests to get acquainted with our unconscious, and a great way to begin is with dream work: a direct line to our unconscious’ most pressing concerns! Perhaps during the Scorpio Dark Moon on Sunday evening, before the REM sets in, make a conscious request for meaningful messages from the dream realm and see what comes. As soon as you wake, make a note of everything you remember of your dreams, no matter how random or seemingly non-sensical, and make a decent effort at interpretation*. I hope the skulls don’t give you nightmares 🙂

Scorpio holds our secret special powers, and, for so long as we deny the accompanying shadows, we aren’t privy to its formidable strength… “it is our light~hero~bliss, not our darkness that frightens us…” Now, with the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Black Moon Lilith, and asteroids Hygieia and Juno all in Scorpio we are fully empowered in our efforts to know our unconscious.

“Your bliss can guide you to that transcendent mystery, because bliss is the welling up of the energy of the transcendent wisdom within you. So when the bliss cuts off, you know that you’ve cut off the welling up; try to find it again. And that will be your Hermes [Mercury] guide.” Joseph Campbell

The rulers of the New Moon remain in wide conjunction in Capricorn, though Mars is separating from Pluto now, boldly forging the path forward as their new cycle commences. We must consider our own paths upon which we journey into our unknowable futures

~ recognising the potential~significance~obligation of blazing our own authentic trails. The establishment of a new paradigm demands that we each honour our own truth and live it

We are called to fearlessly commit to being true to ourselves

To do this we must know what we want, and this year has served us well in discerning our own needs desires aims intentions purpose

But we must also know who we are ~ not limited to our egoic perceptions of who we think we are or what we’d like to be or what we look like et al…

To truly know ourselves is a dynamic ongoing process that enables our vision and our path to come clear and in our immersion of self knowledge we suddenly realise that there can be no question, no doubt, no possible alternative other than to live our lives our own way

The New Moon is conjunct Mercury and trine the Lunar South Node~ Neptune in Pisces, so the integration of our shadows in conscious and healthy ways are informed by awareness of our less-healthy past tendencies. No ostriches in sight! We welcome the insights that arrive in our daily lives, helping us to know ourselves and transcend our egoic limitations

Travelling onward~inward towards wholeness 


*Re: dream interpretation. It is a very personal and empowering process that yields much wisdom and insight into our lives and our Self(s) 🙂

The method I use is derived from Jungian analyst Robert A. Johnson’s technique outlined in his wonderful book Inner Work. There are four steps:

1. Write down your dream in as much detail as you can manage

2. Note the symbols that stand out within the dream, for example a colour you see, or a person, or a place

3. Write down your own personal associations with the symbols you have noted. For example, if I dream of the colour red I then write down all the associations I have with the colour red. Or, if I dream of the ocean, I write down my associations with the ocean. Remember to always remain true to the original symbol; we’re not free associating down a rabbit hole

4. Make a ritual of the dream’s message. Once you’ve worked through the symbols, distilling them into a meaningful message, create a simple ritual to honour the message. Perhaps you buy a lipstick in the same colour red as was in your dream, or visit the beach with a symbolic offering (crystal, stone, drawing etc). This brings it into concrete reality

Enjoy

Aries Full Moon

My Libra Sun ~ Aries Moon baby girl blazing a trail
My Libra Sun ~ Aries Moon baby girl blazing a trail

This weekend’s Aries Full Moon is edgy, with potential for genius insights, unsettling awakenings and anything in between. The nearby presence of Uranus and Eris suggest that we ought to expect the unexpected and, in preparation for the dark overtones, cultivate impulse control.

Uranus’ mutinous urge to individuate is not always fit for public consumption. And Eris’ poor social skills of mythic proportions see her eternally exiled. Other planetary heavy hitters throwing their weight around this weekend include power trippers Mars and Pluto scaling the peaks of (Mt.) Capricorn; Black Moon Lilith treading the dark waters of Scorpio, Saturn relentlessly driving home his Sagittarian point du jour in attempts to keep us North (Node) bound…

But where is the light of this lovely Moon?

We look to (not directly at) the source of life ~ the Sun ~ to find our middle road that leads us to Libra high country! Pursued by Mercury and Jupiter, recall that clear communication, optimism and courtesy take us a long way this weekend… we catch more flies with honey. Although I don’t know why we want to catch flies?

Remember to breathe

be kind and

stay calm

Libra New Moon

The Libra New Moon occurs on Saturday 1st of October 2016 (8.11am AWST). The Sun and Moon are at 8° Libra and nearby at 4° we find benevolent Jupiter. Such an auspicious New Moon this is! And it has depth too.

Venus is the ruler of the lunation, and she is conjunct Lilith in Scorpio. Another reminder of our inner feminine ~ soft receptive yin processes coupled with the self-assuredness of inner knowing. There is an awakening of this powerful force occurring and this New Moon presses for the increased awareness of the neglected (and thus often angry) unconscious feminine. As we integrate feminine power, we come to know her mercy.

Scorpio represents the dark in all its complexity. Nothing is as it appears. Light allows us clarity of vision, but sometimes robs us of the subtlety of feeling. In the dark it is the only way forward, to feel our way.

The Sun~Moon~Jupiter square Mars and Pluto in Capricorn. There is strength and power here. It is important for us to know what we truly want as these two planets conjoin later this month, for such misdirected energy has the power to harm. Mars’ exaltation in Capricorn adds fervour to our mission: we now begin to implement our long-considered plans and Mars spurs us on supportively.

Neptune and the Lunar South Node remain in conjunction in Pisces ~ our efforts at releasing that which no longer serves us are supported now. The Dark Moon in Virgo helps us to discern what these things might be… habits, relationships, attachments, the past, limiting “stories of me”

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Libra seeks balance. Implicit in balance is a midpoint, a midline, a middle road. And as we journey towards establishing our own balance~ homeostasis ~ equilibrium we must first experience imbalance. We experiment and evaluate, investigate and appraise in an ongoing (potentially exhausting) human trial and error display that takes us to extreme and polar ends of the spectrum of life.

During an Equinox meditation with Sol W. Jonassen I was struck by the concept of the midline (third eye~heart~solar plexus). Throughout this mediation she reminded us to return to our midline. I found this simple act of going within and knowing my own centre point to be very supportive.

I have been using it since then in my daily life, trying to remember to come back to my midline during the day. When things become frustrating or boring or crazy or challenging in any way it becomes particularly helpful. I have used other methods to ground myself in this way in the past (usually breathing deeply) but these often require time and space that is not always realistic (what with The Cherubs underfoot). This little idea has been so beneficial to me…

here’s what I do: I shut my eyes and put my attention on my inner third eye or my heart chakra, or maybe both if I have time, and something happens… there is space… inner space… and at the same time there is comfort… I feel better.

A tiny reminder of the middle way…

not cowardly or reckless but courageous

not loose or rigid but flowing

not resistant or resigned but accepting

not aloof or possessive but engaged

not narcissistic or martyred but authentic

not right or wrong but learning

not attachment or aversion but love

For so long as we are genuinely doing our work we are on the right track, so let us journey on friends ♥

Pisces Full Moon

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Jellyfish washed up on Smiths Beach

The Full Moon Eclipse in Pisces conjunct Chiron occurs on Saturday the 17th of September at 3.06am (AWST). Pisces ~ the Fishes ~ submerged beneath the waves of a sea of consciousness~god~source ~spirit~anima mundi or, as Jung put it, the collective unconscious ~ that which eludes our rationalist scientific modern-world perception. A potentially healing Full Moon, adorned with opportunity and fraught with dangers ranging from penetrating clarity and fearless moments of awakening and release to violent rage and damaging loss of self.

Neptune is the planetary ruler of this Full Moon, and too in the sign of Pisces. Within us all exists the Pisces~Neptune archetype, and so there is a part of each one of us that yearns to return to Source, to become One With All That Is, to escape the limiting concrete reality in all its Saturnian rigidity, connecting to something bigger than ourselves. So often, in this secular society, we find our Oneness in escapism. To dull the separation anxiety suffered as a result of our disconnection from spirit, we anaesthetise ourselves with various substances, distractions and indulgences.

Neptune is a prominent energy throughout 2016, and this Full Moon Eclipse highlights the pertinent manifestations for our consideration and integration. Importantly, Neptune is conjunct the Lunar South Node in Pisces, lending an ethereal vibe to our retrospective view of the past. As we look back we might be tempted to don rose-tinted glasses, perceiving times gone by as something they were not. Fundamentally, with the South Node we consider the low-road options in depth as they represent our unconscious~default tendencies. With Neptune, we know these are slippery and tempting, as they offer escape from the pain of our reality, but at such great cost.

Cue the eternal realist Saturn (square Neptune and the Lunar Nodes) persistently pushing us to see things clearly. To look back with less nostalgia and more equanimity, less delusion and more compassion, less blame and more forgiveness ~ allows us to go forward with more purpose, clarity, courage, power, maturity, wisdom, strength…

Chiron, the Wounded Healer, and his presence in (conjunction with the Full Moon in) Pisces invites us to heal our spiritual wounds. This process is painful. The challenges are many. The more we uncover, the more there is to uncover. But far from it being licence to moan, resigned to our lot in life, it is this work that will lead us to our healing, our truth, our bright future, and our own personal god experience.

Chiron’s movement through the zodiac explicates our best medicine for the moment, lest we become embroiled in our own tragedy. Pisces medicine unequivocally equates to spirituality. In true homeopathic style, the source of our pain contains the remedy to our ills. Our collective road to healing is one that leads us closer to the divine dance, wherein we are simultaneously honoured + honouring ~ creation + creator. Our source of spiritual nourishment needn’t be religious in nature, but certainly requires us to find the sacred in life, and humility enough to show reverence for it.

At the apex of a T-square between the Sun~Mercury in Virgo and the Moon~Chiron in Pisces is Mars in Sagittarius. Having moved on from the post-retrograde conjunction with Saturn ~ courage of our convictions ~ Mars now picks up the pace heading for Capricorn. First though, his augmentation of this Eclipse adds an aggressive dimension to this somewhat yin~centripetal lunation. Its a juggle! As we inwardly try to manage the strong mutable energies we feel confused, perplexed, bewildered. With Mars in such a position of power, we can shoot off at the mouth ~ shoot from the hip as our anxiety gets the better of us. Rather, defuse Martial agitation with benign physicality ~ adventure ~ new horizons ~ fresh perspective in the fresh air ~ nature

Adding further unpredictability to the mix is Uranus+Eris in Aries trine Mars. Eris is the “newest” trans-Neptunian dwarf planet, named after the goddess of discord. Displeased at having been excluded from an Olympic wedding, shit-stirrer Eris cast an apple scribed with “to the fairest” at the feet of three chatting party guests ~ Pallas Athene, Aphrodite and Hera ~ invoking discord as each goddess naturally believed herself to be the fairest. Zeus delegated the responsibility of settling the quarrel to Prince Paris of Troy, who eventually (having secured the rights to Helen the most beautiful woman in the world) chose the corrupt Aphrodite.

The addition of Uranus and Eris to Mars’ already belligerent influence leads one to believe we might expect a certain amount of unpredictable discord in our lives presently. But Eris’ influence is one that, despite her reputation, belies some benefits when we do it right. While she is renowned for revelling in the suffering of others she aint all bad. And as always, we cannot merely reject these troublesome parts of ourselves, we must work to find a way to consciously express them. Discord isn’t always unwarranted. And competition isn’t inherently bad. At its best it inspires greatness, diversity and creativity.

So, at the culmination of this eclipse season, may we each find our high-road leading us to a future that nurtures our soul’s evolutionary intent. Keep the faith, if we build it, well you know 🙂 Once more, I borrow from Michael Leunig…

“God bless the lost, the confused, the unsure, the bewildered, the puzzled, the mystified, the baffled, and the perplexed. Amen.”

Jupiter departing Virgo ~ to arrive Libra

Jupiter’s passage through the sign of Virgo comes to an end tonight as the jovial King of the Gods moves into Libra until the 10th of October 2017. This past 13 months has offered many meaningful lessons from the Virgo archetype including discernment + discrimination, service + contribution, humility + perfectionism, crisis + choice, health + healing, method + practice, attention to detail + conscientiousness, analysis + appraisal of self.

The transitional archetype of Virgo allows us to dismantle and examine our fundamental creative urge, tempering our Leonine self-expressive impulse with an attitude of giving ~ noblesse oblige.  Armed now with such understandings we embark upon an expansive new phase of engagement with others. The coming year will bring bountiful Libran harvest to the extent that we can yield to Jupiter’s optimistic influence and buoyant enthusiasm.

Jupiter warrants a warning: overconfidence can be awkward, regrettable, even dangerous. Many errors in judgement occur under the benevolent guidance of Jupiter. However, it is also the boldness of Jupiter that motivates us to pursue and achieve dreams others might dismiss as impossible ~ ridiculous ~ foolhardy ~ those of us too afraid to follow Jupiter’s road less travelled are then required to reflect upon a life half lived, and that torturous too-late question

what if…?

Libra is the sign of balance ~ the act of harmonising, a dynamic and ongoing process of adjustment. This phase invites us to expand our balancing abilities, learning about our dual natures as we relate to others, seeking commonality with our fellows rather than concentrating our energy upon the ways in which we differ. We engage open-mindedly with alternate perspectives that broaden our own views, while remaining true to our own crystallising personal beliefs, allowing for the adaptation that evolves a species.

We don’t necessarily have to agree, or limit our connection-cultivation to those like-minded few. We seek instead to be open, nurturing our loving hearts, and building bridges of compassion and empathy. By its nature, to truly connect with others is to expand the self, and so Jupiter in Libra nourishes this growth via cooperation.

Libra’s low-road is recognisable by excessive people-pleasing tendencies, and a compulsive yearning for approval. To be constantly distracted by concern for what others are thinking is to be out of alignment with one’s own rhythms and inner balance. We lose sight of our own authentic path. This year will be a time of enriching our own inner equilibrium too ~ we learn what we require to maintain personal homeostasis.

The true Libran aim is justice ~ fairness and equality, and compromise can be key to this outcome, but to sell oneself short as a peacekeeping measure is a delusion (“peace at any price is no peace at all” Eve Curie). Too, Libra can err and demur endlessly in ambivalence that renders it inert and impotent. Jupiter’s benevolent attention can easily be dissipated by over-indulgence in effortless good times.

Jupiter’s trip through Libra will see it aspect slow moving change gods Uranus+Pluto. Jupiter effectively enhances all he comes into contact with (think King Midas’ golden touch) and so we can anticipate further intensification of these (personal & global) revolutionary times. Manifestation of the energies always depends upon our consciousness ~ the more aware we become of our karma the more empowered we are.

Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn have been in a 90° square since 2012. This Uranus~Pluto cycle began during the swinging sixties (exact ’65-’66) at the Virgo conjunction, heralding the beginning of the so-called New Age. Since then (as the conjunction separated and then the square formed) the Earthly tumult can be attributed to the dynamism between these two intense archetypal forces, and the ways in which we have channelled them.

We need only switch on the news to find sufficient illustration of the prevalent energies and manifest themes ~ war, poverty, violence, oppression, struggle abounds ~ and the potential for Jupiter to  amplify this negativity exists of course. But to recognise also that this apparently low-road global manifestation of the archetypal vibes is a reflection of the current collective consciousness. Jupiter adds faith and optimism to this mix, and its movement through Libra inspires diplomatic conflict resolution. Jupiter will first square Pluto in late November and then again in March and August 2017; the opposition to Uranus will occur in late December, then again in March and September 2017.

So, we’ve clearly got some work to do! And Jupiter through Libra is perfect for the job! As we become more conscious in our own individual lives we contribute to the collective awakening, and Jupiter’s time in Libra enhances this with the potential for real connections being formed between increasingly conscious people. As we come to recognise the limitations inherent in solitude, and embrace the realities of modern life (making good use of  the world wide web and social media, for example) we can welcome the opportunities to embrace interdependence.

There are over seven billion of us on this planet. We are intrinsically social creatures ~ wired for connection. While we may be able to function satisfactorily solo, Jupiter in Libra urges us to make efforts to build “real-ationships” with others ~

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authentically

wholeheartedly

consciously

We recognise each other as an equally meaningful contributor and integrate the truth

1+1 = >2

Virgo New Moon

Thursday the 1st of September (5.05pm AWST) brings us the Virgo New Moon Eclipse. And such a special one this is: farewell to Jupiter as it transitions into Libra and beyond on its 12 year cycle through the zodiac. Let’s make use of the simple and practical inspiration of Virgo, unearthing the numinous potential in the small things.

The North Node~Moon~Sun conjunction in humble Virgo, in opposition to the South Node+Neptune in dreamy Pisces, and anchored into a T-square by the Mars~Saturn conjunction in spirited Sagittarius. Once again the vibes are highly mutable, so we do well to adopt a flexible and adaptable attitude, welcoming the changes that face us now, and prepared to release the past with grace and an effort to forgiveness and compassion.

Forgiveness is tricky. My experience tells me that it is both a process, as well as the positive result of a process. It comes not through the espousal of ideals that have more to do with who we want to be than who we really are. But, once we have grasped that those who’ve wronged us have done so in ignorance (that is, they haven’t come to know their Divine nature) and are embroiled in the egoic material world traps that kid us into believing we must compete and impose and manipulate and betray in order to advance, we sense true compassion. We create space for empathy in place of the burdensome grievance that keeps us bound in knots of anger, resentment and victim-thinking. For so long as we remain in the grips of a grudge-bearing mentality, there can be no room for forgiveness.

BUT

in order to come to a place of authentic forgiveness (which may be only partial, and is subject to demur and falter and recoil, often repeatedly, before strengthening and deepening), we need to allow ourselves time (within the dark chrysalis) to feel the betrayal and suffering. Not perpetual wallowing in self-pity but accepting and observing the feelings, emotions and sensations that emerge from the pain. Within this we will uncover golden wisdom and transformative truth that helps us to see that our perspective is not the only one, and that, were it not for the actions of the “perpetrator”, we could not’ve come to this moment of metamorphosis that frees us like a butterfly, and empowers us in its alchemy.

We’ve turned the offering of lead into pure gold

~ wisdom ~ strength ~ healing ~ power ~

We understand that none of us is perfect, and it is in our imperfections that we uncover the most liberating and transformative gifts of our lives, including forgiveness. There is only love when we recognise the universal predicament of our human frailty.

The ruler of the New Moon is the now-retrograde Mercury, conjoined with Jupiter at 28° Virgo. In our honouring of this coincident beginning and ending we now pause to consider the gifts offered by Jupiter’s 13-month (since August 2015) journey through Virgo. How have we expanded our sense of service? How have we learned to discriminate in order to better focus upon our mission? How have we healed? Where do we find potential for further development?

One of Virgo’s lessons is that of humility. We come to recognise our own fallibility. We allow it to be seen by others. We drop the performance and come to our knees as we recognise that it is in service we make our specialness sacred. As we forfeit our ego’s limited perceptions of success (personal gain, fame, fortune) we find something of lasting value…

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our contribution

our fulfilment

our gift

our legacy

 

~ our commonality is our blessed humanity

Mercury Retrograde in Virgo

Between the 31st of August and the 22nd of September 2016 Mercury will retrograde in Virgo. With an attitude of openness and flexibility we may truly and meaningfully benefit from such periodic reflective phases, though they might appear to bring mere delays and diversion.

Virgo teaches us the numinosity of service, and Mercury (the traditional planetary ruler of Virgo) represents our powers of perception. There are many demands upon us in this modern world ~ family, work and social life. Of course it is important to ensure we allow adequate time for Self ~ nourishment of body, mind and soul. However, we might also find replenishment of spirit by broadening our view of contribution, reframing our perspective to source strength and inspiration from the ways in which we serve others.

My own experience as a stay at home mum has been challenging at times as the relentless demands of housewifery/ Cherub Management are many, monotonous and sometimes seem meaningless. With a shift in perspective, learning the Latin origin of the word sacrifice ~ to make sacred ~ I have found a way to view mundane life as grist for the mill of my personal growth and come to truly value my role as wife* and mother.

Mosaic image in a church in Monte Carlo
Mosaic image in a church in Monte Carlo

My own evolution has occurred as a direct result of this Yin (inward) phase of my life. Had I remained in the Yang (outward) world of career and social orientation I’d have not enjoyed this expansion of my inner life and may never have understood the depth and significance of the sacred feminine. I have come to find joy and satisfaction in embracing and consciously cultivating my feminine~Mother responsibilities of protector, initiator, nurturer, empowerer.

Of course, in considering all the options available we remember that low-road Virgo is hyper-critical, pedantic with myriad OCD-tendencies. This Mercury retrograde holds the potential for these few weeks to degenerate into a period of irritable nit-picking, and frustrated attempts to get things done and court that unattainable mistress Perfection.

We can make excellent use of this time and energy by reconsidering our methods, habits, practices, patterns, paying homage to the devil in the details, crossing T’s and dotting lower case j’s, without becoming excessively harsh in our appraisals of self and others.

Too, Mercury’s retrograde will retrace the steps taken by Jupiter since October 2015. The cosmos now offers messages of Divine import that consolidate the benefits and healing brought about by Jupiter’s journey through Virgo. We can now come to understand the deeper meaning of this phase of the 12-year Jupiterian cycle. The Lunar North Node remains in Virgo (until May 2017), thus continuing to build upon the vision (re)imagined under Jupiter’s optimistic influence.

And when Mercury follows Jupiter into Libra on the 8th of October we will be emboldened by this retrograde phase and its offerings as we go forth ever-expansive, evolving, co-creative custodians of this magical earthly home.

*not technically married, but in a solid relationship for almost 16 years.

Mars & Saturn in Sagittarius

Warrior planet Mars conjoined with Saturn this week to add a little verve to our Sagittarius truth-finding mission. As we sharpen our focus and come to clarity in our personal belief systems we are strengthening the foundations upon which we build our future.

High-road Mars energy allows us to access our courage, to act righteously and with restraint, while low-road Mars sees us shooting off at the mouth in offensive bursts of rage and frustration. High-road Saturn supports us in our cultivation of wisdom as we meet our earthly obligations and take responsibility for this gift that is our life. Low-road Saturn keeps us duty-bound, perpetually towing the line and selling ourselves short #allworkandnoplay

This week’s Mars~Saturn fusion in Sagittarius has finally crystallised in its meaning for me. It was worth the wait to feel this emerge from within~without

The courage of our convictions! Can we live in alignment with our own truth as it emerges? Are we brave enough to persist on this lonely Saturnian path despite all the naysayers and discouragement? Will we blaze this trail with humility, grace and good humour? I, for one, will try.

As always, it is a matter of free will. Where we allow the energy to flow is what we allow to grow, in our consciousness and in our lives (as outer manifestation of our inner consciousness) thus if the Mars~Saturn conjunction is expressed stressfully we will experience challenging limitation and imposed resistance. Where we are able to surrender to this blockage and adapt to it we grow and strengthen, but if we resist resistance we will suffer.

April 2018 will see the next Mars~Saturn conjunction (in Capricorn) when we will begin to reap what we sow now, with the courage of Mars and the wisdom and patience of Saturn.

The exact conjunction occurred at 9° Sagittarius, setting the tone for this new Mars~Saturn cycle is the Sabian Symbol a golden haired goddess of opportunity and its meaning (as interpreted by Diana E. Roche) reads:

“This symbol speaks to the rewards guaranteed to the individual who is independent, self-reliant and willing to work hard for what he wants. The image of a golden-haired goddess of opportunity alludes to the the individual who follows his own dreams, creates his own good fortune, and refuses to prejudge a situation or accept anything at face value… Implicit in this symbol is the principle that every organism possesses the secret of its own survival, and that self-knowledge is the ultimate key to success. Be willing to continue in a course you know is right for you, even if you have to go it alone. Don’t lose enthusiasm or abandon your goals just because you aren’t continually receiving a pat on the back.” p.284 (1998)

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May we each be blessed with the bravery of Mars and the determination of Saturn in pursuit of our Sagittarian quest for meaning.

Let us journey on friends ♥